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    July 26, 2011
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>> this is "bbc world news." funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation., and union bank. >> union bank has put its global expertise to work for a wide range of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news."
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>> the countdown to a financial catastrophe, american politicians refuse to agree on a deal to reach the debt ceiling. >> norway's prime minister praises those who react despite they were slow to react. >> and air lifting supplies to those affected to -- by the drought. also coming up, queuing for petrol. the u.n. warns of the affects of libya eswar on ordinary people. >> and the olympics in 20 12. but will this youngster be beaten by politics rather than her opponent? hello. the game of political
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brinkmanship played out in the united states really is reaching its 11th hour. the deadline for extending the u.s. debt ceiling and avoiding a default on those debts is just days away. republicans and democrats still refuse to settle on a compromise deal. barack obama sticks to raising taxes. >> america is a week away from the unthinkable. world's most reliable borrower unable to repay its debt. in a hastily-arranged press conference, president obama smained. >> defaulting on our obligations is a reckless and irresponsible outcome to this debate. >> he warns a default would
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trip the downgrade of american rates sending mortgages and car loans soaring. >> it's a dangerous game we have never played before, and we can't afford to play it now. not when the jobs and lifely hoods of so many families are at stake. we can't allow the american people become collateral damage to political warfare. >> but republicans say obama is obsessed with raising taxes and unwilling to make tough choices on spending. the two sides have refused to come to agreement. >> the president wanted a blank check six months ago and he wants a blank check today. this is just not going to happen. >> when all this amounts to is
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a high-stakes test of divided government. and right now neither the republicans nor the democrats are blinking but privately they are all wondering the same thing. if we fail, who will the voters blame? >> but that may yet produce a shared compromise. the clock is ticking. "bbc news," washington. >> looking at the fallout of this, we are seriously running out of time now. >> yes. we've got to pull it out by next tuesday. but really they've got to sort it out by the end of the week. but they are looking at raising the ceiling by another $2.7 trillion dollars. in terms it isn't a lot, really. that will only see them through until the end of november and then they have to raise the ceiling once again if they don't take steps to really
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start dealing with this and it is really a political stalemate. neither side wants to give in. brinkmanship. brinkmanship. we've been there before but never this close. the credit rating agencies are already looking at it saying even if you do sort it out, we're not certain and we'll start playing placing it on a watch at least. that's one of the reasons the marketing are factorying because they feel it's not going to be the president that loses the triple-a credit rating on his watch. >> now the u.k., which is not terribly bright. >> well, better than they could have been, if you want to put a better spin on it. but there was a thought the u.k. economy may actually contract. it actually grew by a whopping
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.02%. there were concerns it would contract which would put us on target for a double-dip recession. we have a tiny piece of growth, but essentially the economy is really in stagnation and from the office of statisticings, -- >> these figures were affected by a range of factories. the royal wedding, the bank public holiday associated with the royal wedding. there were the after-effects of the japanese tsunami and record effects of warm weather in april. the affects of these different special factories do go in different directions and are subject to a high dag of uncertainty, but an overall broad brush and illustrative
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analysis suggests that they are made together and subtracted centered around g.d.p. >> that was from the office of national statistics trying to explain why the economy grew. >> lots of explanations available i'm sure. now what sort of response are we getting from westminster. there's the political side of this coin. naomi, there's no plan b. just a plan a. i guess the opposition are going to be waving a white flag , here, huh? >> >> yes. the idea so get all the pain out of the way now so that then the economy can bounceback. it -- bounce back to true form in 2015. but they say all the talk above
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austerity just scares some because of high inflation but argue the chancellor of the epic. -- they want to to perhaps trays sales tax, which occurred earlier this year to basically help consumers. >> that is a bit of the government response, mrs. fay overwhelmy. they are saying it is positive news but there is so grace there. they are also pointing to the international stability at the moment saying our economy is stable at this time because the government has taken difficult decisions to get to britain's defeat. to -- to britain's debt. and they announced they have no plans to abandoned that plan. >> to norway, and the justice
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minister praising the fantastic work done by police after the bombing and shooting on utoeya island. but there has been criticism to have time it took police to get to the island. it's emerged that police also overestimated the number of people who died on the island and revised the death toll from 86 to 68. eight people were also killed in the bomb attack and a number of people are still missing from the island. >> the most important thing is we are completely focused on supporting the families of those and all those affected. we have things in mace all over the country and have people in our government affected. we have missing people at utoeya.
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and we have many people deeply affected. we have to look after them. i'm completely open to discuss how the response to these attacks have been handled. but i would like to emphasize that the police have done a magnificent job, and i do not think it's appropriate to criticize the police. we have learned lots of lessons, and many experiences here that we are going to go through. and we will work very hard to -- extremist groups. and we have in the past been very successful at dealing and monitoring these groups, and i don't think it's fair to
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criticize that we have taken our eyes off the ball, here. >> the justice minister. let's give you a review of the situation outside oslo cathedral. it really is an absolute sea of florals. there were similar vigils dotted around norway. it does make you realize the impact this one man seems to have tad on a nation. our correspondent, richard is in oslo. richard, we're just listening to the justice minister there. talk about what a magnificent job the police have done. i'm told -- >> i think everybody would agree now is a time for unity and not for a lot of criticism
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of anyone involved in the rescue operation. but at some point obviously all the procedures and the response of the emergency teams and critically, the response of the swat, special forces of the police have to be looked at, because it took them by their own admission over an hour to get to the island and drove by car then of course having to get a boat to get from the shore of the lake to the island. initially they couldn't even find the right boat because they had fairly a large team and the boat they got on to was too small, so they then had to find another one and took them over an hour and anders behring breivik was able to continue his rampage and killing spree
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for an hour and a half. people coming from other countries were wondering why do your emergency teams and swat teams not have access to a helicopter immediately? because of course had they been able to take a helicopter from here oslo, about 15 minutes's flying time, they could have gotten there quickly and we know he was killing people at pretty much the rate of one a minute. so if they had got therein earlier, they would have saved a lot of lives. i'm sure all those plans to -- contingency planning for emergencies will have to be reviewed and there will therefore be implied criticism of the police and other emergency services. >> richard, thank you very much indeed. you're watching "bbc world news." thank you for being with us. coming up, a real olympic contender yet there's no recognition for her country, an
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athlete who really wants to fly kosovoen flag. >> now hundreds of gay couples have married in new york after the same-sex marriages were recognized as legal. ceremonies were held from manhattan to nighing a ray falls. >> last-minute captures on the big day. same-sex couples sweltering in the heat. >> with the celebration comes spending. it's thought same-sex marriages will boost the country by $3 million over the next three years. a handful of states have legalized same-sex marriage and new york is the one that will draw in the crowds. a destination in its own right. -- in its own rite.
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>> mark mattias had his cupcakes at the ready. his customers in this predominantly gay area of manhattan are now planning their weddings. >> roughly 50% of our business is weddings and we're expecting a big boost in revenue due to same-sex couples's weddings. >> the federal government here doesn't recognize these weddings. >> if one of us should pass away, the other cannot get social security and with regard to finances and taxes, we're not just treated the same as a heterosexual coup. >> whatever the picture at the national level, new york is welcoming same-sex couples with open arms, and after years of
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waiting, newlyweds are ready to throw the ultimate party. "bbc news," new york. >> this is "bbc world news." the headlines this hour. president obama and one of his main republican opponents have gone on live telestroigs blame each other over the deadlock. norway's prime minister praises the response of the police despite criticisms they were slow to react. food supplies being air lifted to parts of the horn of africa today according to the world food program. the u.n. has described the drought situation the worst of 60 years made worse by a long-running conflict in somalia between pro government forces and the rest. now reporting from the town of dahla. >> crowds -- clouds over
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somalia. but no rain. we're heading close to the family inzone. government on the ground. but these men work for sow mallian government. they control a small pocket of territory here. it's become a maddening rush of families desperate for food and safety. first we see some make-shift camps in the wilderness. then the latest arrivals. the nor family got here a few hours ago escaping from a town taken over. they count themselves lucky. they are exhausted. >> they are killing people at home al sha bad are preventing aid from reaching our area. that's why we have to flee. those left behind will die.
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there's food here. foreign aid starting to arrive within somalia, itself. >> so what have you been given here? >> how long will this feed a family. >> she says 10 days. it's progress, but it's patched. >> the battle now so stop more people from kneing their homes by getting the aid directly into the family inzone. that's not impossible but slow and very dangerous. >> it's also -- the famine set to spread, and the refugee camps overloaded, western aid officials are exploring every option. >> this idea that the sha bad area is a no-go zone, not true. >> and somalia are able to
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expand the operation and as long as we rely on experienced organizations and on the -- where they are concerned about their communities, we can help many people inside of somalia. >> so a race has begun to reach those unable to escape the family in. and time is on no one's side. an drew harding, "bbc world news." >> the part of libya under colonel gaddafi's control is short of food, fuel and medical supplies according to a u.n. fact-finding mission. there are strengths making the information -- now foreign journalists were taken to show what they said are the result of nato air strikes. >> look at what nato has done
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libyan government officials told us. that i drove us two hours from tripoli to glee town to see the results of an early morning air strike. >> libyan government officials say this building was hit by nato bombs and that it contained nothing more than food, bags of flour, but nato says this is not the case. it insists that its most recent targets were used for military purposes. the libyan government says this bomb site nearby was a lung disease clinic hit by nato at 7:00 a.m. we were told seven people were killed and three were still trapped underneath the rubble. >> on this one, here, is nurses and doctors and this is the office for the lung disease.
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>> but in the short time we were there we did not see rescuers stop and listen for survives -- survivors under the wreckage nor did we get the chance to go to the hospital to see any bodies, but we did see smoke rising from the rebel-held area of misratah. the explosions we heard were the small group of gaddafi supporters around us. on the road between the front line and tripoli we saw long lines of cars waiting for petrol. this is the most visible sign of the war's affect on ordinary libyans. there is perhaps only one place where they can go to forget about the conflict, sin bad beach is a popular getaway but a reminder the man issuing
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support is never far away. "bbc news" in government-controlled libya. >> and changing the subject, why are argentina fans so -- >> they've done well at the olympics. in 2004 and 2008 they've been winning olympic golds. but they can't seem. that seems to be one level but can't seem to get beyond. 18 years we were caud one of the great football nations but simply doesn't cover it. the fact that their last coach, sergio bautista, they came out of the qualify stage having hardly made any goals and the
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firing line the likes of the best player in the world and others, they are all big, big names for their club but almost appear this is team hasn't been stable. >> yes. >> and yet the problems -- yes, indeed. something will be announced in the next week, we're told. see you later. >> now just a year from now, 17,000 athletes will be pouring into london for the 2012 olympic and paraolympic games. and for many of them the preal challenge between now and then so achieve the sporting qualifications. but for one it's her country that has to achieve the mark. the mark of the international recognition if she is to achieve her dream. >> the landscape of the ragova mountains is idealic. the history in this corner of
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kosovo, anything but -- yet emerging from breath taking valleys and a local path, a competitor as ruthless as she is fearless. >> it's a wonderful feeling to compete for kosovo. because i am the only voice having the chance to propose the world. kosovo got that. >> what kosovo is better known for is not pretty. the religious town was burned out during the conflict with serbia and families were forced to flee. today fields so different. this could be anywhere in europe. but there is a grave reality behind the sunshine. without the nato backing, competitors are grim. and the teacher could de
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deprive her star pupil of her chance. >> that's really disappointing. we are part of europe, and no one can stop us. our 13 are willing to go where we want. you are part of europe. they can't just ignore us. >> back in the gym, the buildup to 2012 goes on regardless. melinda has had big-money offers from other countries. but she'd sooner hold on. melinda knows she represents the hopes of a country, but she also stands for the wasted opportunities of a former generation. so coach, the taskmaster. could it be exactly where she is now, but the breakup of
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yukeslaveya. he had to give up his dreams and fight for his country. >> if she wins, her meddle will be my medal. and that will be to biggest thing in my life. >> but it's a struggle. melinda makes her part of the bargain look easy. earning the right to fly the flag london remains a much tougher challenge. >> good luck to melinda. she would deserve it. now back to our main story, the situation in norway, of course. the latest pictures from the island of utoeya. quite a bit, as you would expect, of police activity on the island and around it. this coming as the justice minister has praised the police for the magnificent work they have been doing and their response to this amaul u appalling event. i should say in the midst also of some criticism about the time it took them to get to
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utoeya. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank. >> union bank has put its global financial strength to work for a wide range of companies.
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